Soccer North: John Herdman’s ‘crazy’ idea about to become reality for Canadian men’s soccer team


Richie Laryea and his Canadian men’s soccer teammates are just some weeks away from making coach John Herdman’s “insane thought” a reality once they take the sector on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

That’s how the 27-year-old Toronto native described Herdman’s strategy when he took over as coach of the men’s team in 2018. The men’s team hadn’t certified for the match since 1986.

“He was telling guys we’re going to go to 2022 World Cup … and I believe guys simply began, ‘okay, that is it, we’re going to go for it,” Laryea instructed Andi Petrillo within the debut episode of CBC Sports new present, Soccer North. Hosted by Andi Petrillo, the present airs each Friday on CBC Gem, and the CBC Sports YouTube channel. During the World Cup, the present will air stay following all of Canada’s video games for as lengthy it stays within the match.

“It was possibly a insane thought in 2018 when he took over, however grew to become a reality for us. I believe the group we’ve got lots of very keen, hungry gamers.”

Under Herdman’s steering, Canada completed first within the CONCAFAF group, defeating higher-ranked groups such because the U.S. and Mexico alongside the way in which.

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Laryea mentioned the team and its gamers had one thing to show through the qualifying course of, and they’re taking that very same angle into the World Cup. They play their first recreation towards Belgium on Nov. 23.

“We need to present that not solely can we beat groups like that, but in addition compete with their finest gamers and present that we deserve to have the very same stress and limelight that these guys have,” Laryea instructed Petrillo.

Also on Episode 1 is an interview with soccer analyst Jim Brennan, who instructed Petrillo that whereas a few of Canada’s gamers are coping with both accidents or lack of enjoying time, it should not be an enormous situation going into the match.

“Every skilled footballer’s dream is to get to a World Cup and play in a World Cup,” Brennan mentioned. “The nationwide team could have a plan in place, however I’m positive on the facet these gamers might be out operating on daily basis, be within the fitness center each single day to hold themselves going, as a result of they need to be part of this squad that is going to this World Cup.”

Petrillo additionally speaks to The Athletic’s Steph Yang about the upcoming NWSL closing between the Portland Thorns and Kansas City Current, that includes three Canadians in motion, and CBC Sports’ Signa Butler has breakdown of the Canadian girls’s beneficial World Cup draw.

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